Mr. Hoyle has more than 30 years experience in process safety and the investigation of major incidents. In the 1990s, he was the Wharton School of Business roundtable on major accident prevention as well as the EPA Experts’ Delegation that studied European safety practices while touring Germany. He was a co-founder of U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) operations in 1998. Hoyle managed the CSB investigation of the 2005 fire and explosions at BP Texas City refinery that killed 15 and injured 180. He was senior investigator for the CSB’s investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster as well as the West, Texas fertilizer explosion that killed 15 responders. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel that studied safety culture in the offshore energy industry. Hoyle served as keynote speaker at numerous safety conferences throughout Europe and Australia.
He was expert adviser to CalOSHA and CalEPA on revisions to their regulations for oil refineries. Hoyle provided extensive training for California state and local government refinery safety inspectors.
He is a peer reviewer of the California Council on Science and Technology report on the safety of underground natural gas storage facilities. Mr. Hoyle is an alternate member of the ANSI Z-10 Committee on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.
Mr. Hoyle studied Investigative Journalism at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
He received the Scripps Howard Foundation Merit Scholarship Award.